Cash boost for sports talent

HARTLEPOOL’S young sporting talent has been given a cash boost.

Wynyard Park Ltd has renewed its sponsorship of Hartlepool Sports Council with the donation of £2,000, which will go into a fund to assist young athletes in covering travel and coaching costs and sports and competition fees.

The fund is open to anyone competing at county level or above, with the aim of enabling them to play at the highest possible level in their chosen sports.

Matt Johnson, Wynyard Park Ltd’s development manager, said: “We have long-standing links with Hartlepool Sports Council and we are delighted to renew our partnership.

“In a year when the UK is hosting the Olympic Games, it seems particularly appropriate to be trying to help our most talented sportsmen and sportswomen achieve their full potential.”

One up and coming star who has already benefited from the grant is karate competitor Jasmin Langley, 14.

The Manor College of Technology student recently won gold in the 13-15 age group at the sport’s National Championships in Derbyshire.

Jasmin’s mum, Erin, of Jutland Road, Hartlepool, said: “There is a lot of travelling to competitions and it can be costly, so the grant she received from Hartlepool Sports Council has really helped.”

David Young, chairman of Hartlepool Sports Council, said he was grateful for the financial support.

He said: “It enables us to offer vital backing to local sportsmen and sportswomen like Jasmin who are striving to make it to the top.

“It would be tremendous if the company’s financial assistance helped us to unearth one or more stars of the future.”